All Your Questions Answered
How can we schedule our ECO Experience?
Contact our Founder by phone or email her and she will call you promptly.
How long are the programs?
Programs last 3-4 hours depending on your group size and needs. This time frame does not include your students’ lunch time. Many groups choose to bring their lunches and picnic in the chosen park after our program time is over.
What time do the programs begin?
Since each school is unique, so are our starting times. Ideally, we get started early in the day to accommodate your school schedule.
How many chaperones will we need?
ECO requires one adult for every 10 students. Chaperones must stay with their group at all times and will be actively engaged in overseeing the activities of their student group.
What is included in our program?
- A unique 3 or 4 hour hands-on guided science experience
- Expert guidance by a native Floridian and certified teacher with a passion for field studies
- Park entry fees for your group
- Pavilion rental
- Use of our ECO field equipment, including nets, identification guides, binoculars and more
- Clipboards and prepared data sheets
- Pre- and post-experience lesson plans
- Real world data posted to the web after your trip for further analysis in the classroom
- Access to past data from the same park
- Water jugs to refill student’s personal water bottles
Should we bring our lunches?
Food is not provided, but lunch time may be scheduled during or after the program. If your time allows, many groups choose to bring their lunches and picnic in the chosen park.
What if our group needs to cancel or reschedule?
Your school will be issued a refund (less a processing fee) if the cancellation occurs in writing at least 2 weeks before the program date. Programs are conducted rain or shine, but your safety is of utmost importance. In the case of extreme inclement weather, your school must contact ECO by 8am the morning of your program. We will do our best to reschedule your program.
What should we wear or bring?
Students need to dress for the weather. Our programs take place outside for the full duration, so please dress accordingly. In case of rain, ponchos are strongly recommended. All students must wear close-toed shoes with socks. Sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bug repellant will protect you from the Florida sun and insects. Also each student should bring a reusable water bottle – ECO will provide water jugs to refill your bottles during our program.
Teachers will want to bring a camera to document the experience, but students should NOT bring any electronic devices, such as cell phones.
Booking Your ECO Experience
How far in advance does a reservation need to be made?
Teachers need to contact Laura at least 3 weeks before your desired program date to ensure availability and to allow time for arrangements to be made. It is a good idea to have several dates in mind when you contact us.
Does the school pay a deposit?
A 30% non-refundable deposit or $50 (whichever is greater) is required to book a school program. The deposit must be received by Ecological Classroom Outdoors within two weeks of booking in order to secure your date on the calendar. If you are booking a program on shorter notice on your school property, the entire amount is due at time of booking. A cancellation fee equal to the non-refundable deposit amount will be applied to all groups requesting cancellation for reasons other than inclement weather. All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations made two weeks or more before the scheduled program date will receive a refund of collected monies minus the cancellation fee. No-shows and cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the program date will forfeit their refund.
Field experiences cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled. If the dates available are not suitable for your group, your deposit will be refunded.
How does the school pay for the program?
Schools will receive a digital invoice and have the option of paying with a check made out to Ecological Classroom Outdoors. Camps may be reserved using a credit card via the PayPal option on our website.